Circle of Hope: Vero’s Story

From the age of five, Vero lived alone in the central plaza of Guadalajara, Mexico. She tells of finding a big tree in the plaza that she made into a little resting place to get out of the blazing sun. Vero’s life in the plaza was a refuge from what she was experiencing at home. Her mother was practically a prostitute and brought a different man home each night. At her lowest point, Vero was offered to the men as a special gift for extra money. There was a reason Vero had to escape her home and live in the plaza.

By age 15, Vero had her first child. After many men and four more children, she settled down with one man and found herself at our Circle of Hope office space taking the first workshop we offered—basic haircutting. We began each workshop with a verse of encouragement, introducing women to the Bible and Jesus from the very beginning. We would talk about the hope we can have in Jesus and why we were called the “Circle of Hope.” 

One day, Vero asked me, “What is this hope you are always talking about? Is this something someone like me could have, too?” This simple question began Vero’s discipleship journey. She attended the Breath of Life Church, received the great news of Jesus as her Savior and Lord, attended baptism classes, and was baptized in 2020 along with two of her children.

Vero’s transformation is a work in progress. God has His hand on her life, and she is growing like a wildflower, looking beautiful in the process! Vero, who yearns to be able to finish her high school education, is leading the Sunday School in one of the Breath of Life Church campuses. She makes the teachers’ calendar, organizes the curriculum, and plans special days for the children. This would seem impossible if one looked at Vero as the world sees; but with God, nothing is impossible!

Vero has been transformed by the hope that she was looking for and received from Jesus! She belongs to a community of faith, a family that loves her and sees her through the eyes of Jesus. Her past is wiped away, and she is a new creature in God! Vero is now an important part of our community and has found her place to belong in the family of Jesus here in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Alliance Women desires to support women like Vero with our prayers and financial support. We have set a goal to raise $16,600 for the Circle of Hope ministry in Mexico. To participate, please visit

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Circle of Hope – Our Dreams of Expansion

In December of 2020, the Circle of Hope made its first trip to the town of Quniceo in the state of Michoacan—four hours south of Guadalajara—as part of an integrated church planting strategy to reach and train the Purepecha, an indigenous people group. The goal is to plant a new church, Breath of Life, in the nearby town of Paracho and establish the community development ministry of Circle of Hope. Once a suitable office is found in Paracho, the church and Circle of Hope will begin to offer Bible studies, spiritual counselling, legal aid, and job skills training for home micro-businesses.

A great challenge for Circle of Hope will be to identify and then train women in this distant city who will become workshop leaders and future leaders of the ministry. Workshops being considered for this area are focused on meeting the needs of the women in this indigenous community, relieving the poverty and illiteracy so that the gospel can bring hope and dignity.

Workshops under consideration include:

Alliance Women is committed to prayer and financial support for the Circle of Hope ministry in Mexico. We have set a goal to raise $16,600 for this vital ministry to women. To participate, please visit

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Circle of Hope – Our Beginnings

The Circle of Hope ministry began in August of 2018 in answer to the great needs the Breath of Life Church was encountering in their church community. Women and children did not have the means to sustain themselves adequately or were in desperate situations due to the violence in Mexico. So many women and children were coming to our doors, finding hope, and learning about Jesus, but they also needed help in practical, physical ways.

In November 2019, we were one of the recipients of the Alliance Women National Project and received a very generous donation that spurred the ministry to begin to dream about how to truly become a place of caring and hope for so many in the community surrounding the Breath of Life church plant in Guadalajara.

The Circle of Hope began to offer different workshops for women in our community, giving them job skills, dignity, and the ability to move forward and advance in society. Each workshop began with a verse from the Bible and a short thought on that verse. These mini devotionals were prepared by the women leading the workshop.

The workshops offered were basic haircutting techniques, professional makeup and nails, basic English classes, introductory calligraphy (just in time for Christmas and homemade Christmas cards), artisan jewelry, and sewing (birthed from the COVID-19 pandemic where we began making facemasks).

As we grew in 2020, Circle of Hope began to look for a larger building. The initial space we were renting was a one-room office where we were very restricted on space. We could only have one workshop at a time with a small area left for counseling, but at least we had a space.

With the infusion of the support from Alliance Women, we began looking for different rentals that would meet our needs to facilitate more ministry.

Due to the economic crisis of 2020 in Mexico from the pandemic, we were able to rent a home with a large first floor, a covered outside patio area, and four bedrooms upstairs. Our director, Lety Avila, is now living on site at the Circle of Hope home. During the week, there are several workshops that happen simultaneously—it is a house filled with hope!

Laughter can be heard in each room. In one room, women gather to learn new techniques on cutting hair while in another room, a group of women learn about the Fruit of the Spirit through a Bible study led by one of the lay leaders from the church. In yet another room, Lety and I are look at the new year and determine what new workshops we should plan for and what our budget allow us to dream about.

Alliance Women is committed to prayer and financial support for the Circle of Hope ministry in Mexico. We have set a goal to raise $16,600 for this vital ministry to women. To participate, please visit


Note: Alliance Women has chosen six projects to support with our prayers and financial gifts. Each project has been assigned a day of the week for concentrated prayer.

Alliance Women has set a goal to fully fund this Circle of Hope project in 2022-2023.  

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